What we’re up to this month – June

Little Pacehayne
Little Pacehayne, Shute, from the public highway 

Angel Architecture obtained planning permission for this unlisted building in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the construction of a single storey kitchen extension and canopy from the front entrance to the north west facing terrace. The works are due to be carried out by Charmouth based Crosby Builders this summer. Angel Architecture have been retained to submit an application for Building Regulations approval. The building works will be project managed by the owners. 

Vis-a-vis the lockdown scenario from which we are gradually emerging. During this time, owners of listed buildings can carry out certain works without listed building consent:

  • ‘Like for like’ replacement – which counts as a repair not an alteration – the distinction is critical and this is where professional advice is key,
  • Regular routine maintenance, clearing downpipes and gutters of blockages caused by overhanging trees and keeping vegetation away from the perimeter of buildings, allowing the building to breathe,
  • Inspection of chimney abutments, cement fillets and any slipped or missing tiles or slates, holes in thatch roofs and cracks in render,
  • Decorations – painting of joinery and treating of hardwood is, in my view, ongoing maintenance, as is lime washing and distemper on lime render and plaster,
  • Ensuring electrical, gas and oil services are safe and certified, including having any flues swept regularly.

For any questions and clarification on any of these points, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.

What we’re up to this month – May

We have been appointed architects for a beautiful country house with Tudor origins. It has been occupied continuously by one careful lady owner for 80 years. We are advising our clients on a building management strategy to deal with routine maintenance and minor repairs.

The impact of Covid-19 crisis on Angel Architecture Ltd has meant that some, but very few, projects are on hold as it is not possible to visit people’s houses to proceed with the early stages. We are tackling the immediate situation with tenacity and vigour, reassessing projects, cashflow and future business. By virtual meetings we are able to continue to share ideas and experiences with our clients and other members of the design team. We all need to be resilient to keep going through the lockdown and beyond.